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Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra

The Waldorf–Astoria Orchestra was an orchestra that played primarily at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, both the old and new locations. In addition to providing dinner music at the famous hotel, the orchestra made over 300 recordings and many radio broadcasts. It was established in the 1890s, and was directed by Carlo Curti, Joseph Knecht, at least from 1908 to 1925, later by Jack Denny and others, and then Xavier Cugat from approximately 1933 to 1949.

Denny and the Waldorf–Astoria Orchestra appeared in the movie Moonlight and Pretzels in 1933. Both Denny and Cugat had their own orchestras when they began playing at the Waldorf–Astoria, so the term "Waldorf–Astoria orchestras" might be an appropriate description.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

Notes: Listing for Harold Leonard and his Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra.

Recordings (Results 176-200 of 273 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 78460 10-in. 5/29/1919 Merci beaucoup! Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78461 10-in. 5/29/1919 Wild honey Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78462 10-in. 5/29/1919 Song of Omar Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78552 10-in. 7/11/1919 Tell me Irving Kaufman ; Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia 78554 10-in. 7/11/1919 Buddha Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78563 10-in. 7/11/1919 Taxi Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with "taxi calls" Musical group  
Columbia 78622 10-in. 9/4/1919 Tell me (Tell me why) Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78669 10-in. 9/17/1919 Tents of Arabs Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78670 10-in. 9/17/1919 I want a daddy who will rock me to sleep Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78671 10-in. 9/17/1919 Chinese lullaby Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78742 10-in. 10/16/1919 A bungalow for two Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 79664 10-in. 1/27/1921 Make believe Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 79665 10-in. 1/27/1921 Nesting time Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 37153 12-in. ca. 1915 Wiener Blut waltz Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia W143492 10-in. 2/17/1927 Mine Lewis James ; Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W143493 10-in. 2/17/1927 Roses for remembrance Franklyn Baur ; Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W144033 10-in. 4/16/1927 I'll just go along Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W144034 10-in. 4/16/1927 Russian lullaby Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W144046 10-in. 4/26/1927 I'll just go along Frank Harris ; Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W144047 10-in. 4/26/1927 Russian lullaby Frank Harris ; Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W144110 10-in. 5/9/1927 Russian lullaby Lewis James ; Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W144499 10-in. 7/25/1927 Blue baby (Why are you blue) Harold Leonard and his Orchestra ; Frank Harris Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W144500 10-in. 7/25/1927 I can't believe that you're in love with me Harold Leonard and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W144565 10-in. 8/25/1927 Just a memory Harold Leonard ; Elliott Shaw ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W144566 10-in. 8/25/1927 Joy bells Vaughn De Leath ; Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band Musical group  
(Results 176-200 of 273 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100185.

Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100185.

"Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100185

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